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The exhibition Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest.


Over the years questions have been raised about the scrolls' authenticity, about the people who hid them away the the period in which they lived, about the secrets the scrolls might reveal, and about the intentions of the scrolls' custodians in restricting access.





The Library's exhibition describes the historical context of the scrolls and the Qumran community from whence they may have originated; it also relates the story of their discovery 2,000 years later.


In addition, the exhibition encourages a better understanding of the challenges and complexities connected with scroll research.





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